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You might be surprised to know that lawn care involves lots of different services, many of which you can do yourself, and others that are best left to the professionals. If having a gorgeous lawn is important to you, read on to find out what is involved, how much it could cost you and how to resolve common lawn problems!
How much does lawn care cost?
The price you pay for lawn care will depend on the size of your garden, the jobs you need doing and how regularly you need it done. In the following table you will find a breakdown of the prices you can expect to pay for lawn care including VAT:
Type of job
|Lawn mowing (depending on size of garden)||£15 - £110|
|Strimming||£30 - £45|
|Regular lawn care (per job)||£15 - £25|
|Regular monthly lawn care||£10 - £50|
How to reduce lawn maintenance costs
Here are some top tips for cutting down on your lawn maintenance:
Reduce the surface area
Replace some of your lawn with alternatives like beds and pathways, expanding a patio to reduce lawn size or even replacing your lawn with a fake alternative. These days, keeping up with the Joneses is less important than saving money and protecting the environment.
Water at night
This is ideal for the summer months when water quickly evaporates during the day. If you can, water after sundown or set your sprinklers to go off in the middle of the night.
If you have a mulching lawnmower, the addition of this nutrition-filled matter will help you to have a vibrant and healthy lawn with less water, since the moisture will be retained more easily.
Mow to the right length
For mowing, try to follow the “rule of one-third”, which means that you shouldn’t remove more than ⅓ of the grass blade at one time. Your lawn will be healthier, less thirsty and in need of fertilizer.
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What is lawn care?
Lawn care involves many different things including:
Type of care
When to do it
|Mowing||Over spring and summer|
|Killing moss||Early spring|
|Feeding or fertilizing||Early spring
|Over-seeding *||Early autumn or mid-spring|
|Watering||Once a week is fine|
*For more information on over-seeding, you can read this helpful article!
What are lawn care services?
There are a variety of services provided by lawn care specialists, and these include:
- Lawn analysis and treatment assessment
- Lawn repair
- Mowing and edging
- Feeding (or fertilizing)
- Pest and/or disease treatment
- Aeration and raking
- Irrigation system maintenance and repair
- Clean-up and refuse removal
In order to decide which services to get you must ask yourself the following questions:
- Which gardening tasks do you enjoy and which can you not stand to do?
- Which gardening tasks are beyond your level of expertise?
- Are there any family members willing to take over any of the jobs?
Anything you can’t or are not willing to do you can get a gardener to do.
How to do lawn care
There are plenty of things you can do to care for your lawn, so here are some solutions to common problems people have with their lawns. While many jobs do require outside help, with some research you could certainly do some yourself.
How to deal with lawn weeds
There are various way you can deal with weeds, and these can generally be differentiated between chemical and nonchemical methods. In terms of weedkillers, you will want to use them in spring and summer, paying close attention to the instructions and avoiding putting the first clippings on the compost heap after applying it. For non-chemical controls: feeding, aerating and scarifying will keep the grass vigorous and will make it difficult for weeds to compete. Dig out weeds resistant to weedkillers in autumn, re-turf and re-seed.
How to deal with mushrooms
Mushrooms thrive in environments rich in organic matter that are damp and dark. To combat this, improve drainage (you can find an extensive guide on that here). You can also prune or thin surrounding plants, shrubs, and trees to increase sunlight. Be careful not to overwater and remove thatch (by raking). Always clean up after pets, and remove the mushrooms you find.
How to care for a lawn with dogs
The best way to combat lawn damage from dog urine is to teach the dog to not pee on the lawn. If they do pee on the lawn, pour water where the dog went to dilute it. If the lawn is already damaged, you’ll have to remove that area of lawn and re-soil and overseed the patch of lawn that’s been damaged. An alternative is to train the dog to pee on an area of mulch, but this area will also need to be maintained and kept clean enough for the dog to want to pee on it.
How to do lawn repair
First of all, do some research and find out what the problem is. Is it too much fertilizer, chronic disease, pests, too might light, moisture or something else? Once you have corrected these possible problems, you can overseed lawn patches that are damaged. This is best done in the autumn months or mid-spring. Watch out to not damage this young and fragile grass.
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